Lisa Chew, headshotA long-time advocate for vulnerable patients, Associate Professor Lisa Chew is the 2021 recipient of the UW David Thorud Leadership Award. The announcement of the honor stated, “She is deeply dedicated to equitable health-care access, courageously calling attention to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and working with community groups to expand testing among the populations at greatest risk.”

As Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory Care at Harborview Medical Center, Dr. Chew has demonstrated this dedication by spearheading mobile vans to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. As part of UW Medicine’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebrations in May, Dr. Chew spoke about her work: “Working at Harborview for over 15 years caring for vulnerable populations, I have learned so much through the stories of my patients, both their struggles and achievements. It inspires me to speak for those who may not have a voice and address health disparities and advance health care equity through policy, care delivery and program development.”

The Thorud Leadership Award was created in 2006 to recognize and celebrate leadership, especially during times of uncertainty. One faculty member and one staff member are honored annually. Awardees are chosen based on a variety of criteria that demonstrate leadership, innovation, the ability to find practical solutions for complex problems, championing equity in working and learning environments, teamwork, and excellent listening skills.

The Division is deeply proud of Dr. Chew’s accomplishments.